Le Mans 2014 - Ayse's Story
Page 13 - Saturday/Sunday
Do the Tertre Rouge Snap...
As I have remarked far too many times before to avoid a 'repetition' call, the bank overlooking Tertre Rouge corner is very popular, particularly with photographers as it's one of now very few places around the circuit where you can get your lens 'above' the debris fencing. As a result, the bank was pretty packed with a multitude of cameras snapping away at every car that flew past. Even though I've stood here many times and taken hundreds (probably thousands) of photographs from this spot, I couldn't resist the temptation.
I suppose we got there at about 9.20 and it was at this point that I started to feel the cold a little, putting on the light pullover I'd brought from the car earlier. Little did I realise just how much colder it was going to get. We normally hold station at Tertre Rouge for a considerable time, at least until the darkness has descended but as the cool air also descended around us, we decided to leave after only about an hour. After all, we had seen the view from their many times before.
We walked through the Tertre Rouge tunnel and then back up the outside of the track until we reached what remains these days of the once-great Le Mans funfair and we headed up past the stage on the outside of the Dunlop Bridge, struggling to make our way through the crowd that seemed puzzlingly interested in watching a band completely unknown to me bash out a thoroughly anonymous rhythm, instead of watching something far more interesting a few yards away on the track. (Although I think Nane was quite keen to stay a while for a dance!).